Kim Kardashian Helped Free 17 Inmates in 90 Days — Here’s How

Last month, Kim Kardashian West shocked and confused the world when she announced her plans to become a lawyer. But taking the bar exam isn’t the only way she plans to influence prison reform. Over the last three months, the reality star has helped free 17 inmates.

Kim first showed her judicial aspirations when she met with President Donald Trump regarding Alice Johnson, a woman serving a life sentence for a low-level drug conviction. In an effort to free Johnson, she asked the president to pardon her sentence.

Now, Kim is staying true to her fight for prison reform with her behind-the-scenes efforts.

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How does Kim Kardashian help free inmates?

Kim Kardashian West is working closely with lawyers Brittany Barnett and MiAngel Cody to help prison reform. The team is dedicated to releasing people who are serving life sentences for low-level drug charges.

MiAngel Cody is the lead counsel of The Decarceration Collective. She explains in detail to CNN exactly how Kim has been an intricate part of the releases. Cody says she pays to cover fees when the 90 Days of Freedom travels the country to ask judges to release qualifying prisoners. Not only is Kim providing the money to help with legal fees, but she is also reuniting inmates with their families. Moreover, without Kim Kardashian covering the expenses, Cody claims they would not be able to get this done. The co-founder of the non-profit, Brittany Barnett is also her personal attorney. Barnett runs her own non-profit organization, Buried Alive.

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Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law. For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly. As my first year is almost coming to an end I am preparing for the baby bar, a mini version of the bar, which is required when studying law this way. I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or my money that got me here, but that’s not the case. One person actually said I should “stay in my lane.” I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals. You can create your own lanes, just as I am. The state bar doesn’t care who you are. This option is available to anyone who’s state allows it. It’s true I did not finish college. You need 60 college credits (I had 75) to take part in “reading the law”, which is an in office law school being apprenticed by lawyers. For anyone assuming this is the easy way out, it’s not. My weekends are spent away from my kids while I read and study. I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying. There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it but I get the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me. I changed my number last year and disconnected from everyone because I have made this strict commitment to follow a dream of mine – It’s never too late to follow your dreams. I want to thank Van Jones for believing in me and introducing me to Jessica Jackson. Jessica along with Erin Haney have taken on the role of my mentors and I am forever grateful to them both putting in so much time with me, believing in me and supporting me through this journey. This week I have a big torts essay due on negligence. Wish me luck ✨⚖️

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According to Barnett, Kim Kardashian is too “busy” to post about everyone they are helping. Moreover, Kim wants to be taken seriously, so she focuses on learning the system. Also, she claims Kim is genuinely passionate about prison reform.

Who are the inmates Kim Kardashian has helped free?

Kim Kardashian West has helped free 17 people under the First Step Act. Even though the entire list of inmates she has helped is not available, there are a few known cases she has backed.

Terrence Byrd

Byrd spent more than half his life in prison for drug charges. After serving 25 years, he is now reunited with his grandmother.

Eric Balcom

Convicted of a drug charge at 29 years old, Balcom is now out of prison. He served 16 years of a life sentence before his release.

Jeffrey Stringer

West Palm Beach police officials arrested Jeffrey Stringer on manufacturing and intent to distribute cocaine charges in the 1990s. Stringer gained his freedom under the First Step Act. This act gives qualified non-violent offenders to earn credits for good behavior, therefore allowing an early release.

Cyntoia Brown

Cyntoia Brown, sentenced to life for murder and robbery in 2004, has been granted clemency. Forced into prostitution at the age of 16, Brown killed a man who solicited her for sex. After her 2011 documentary, the case garnered national attention from politicians and celebrities including Kim Kardashian. Therefore, a Tennessee judge reviewed the case and then released her after serving 15 years.

Jamelle Carraway

Officials in Illinois locked Carraway up when he was 31 years old for cocaine possession. He initially received a life sentence. However, after serving 11 years, he is now back with his family.